Wednesday, July 29, 2009

i want: oven thermometor

so my new oven is a gas one, which i've never used before. and i'm thinking i need one of these to make sure that the temperature is just right. has anyone used one of these before? i hear they are a necessity, pretty much no matter what oven you use. i really could have used one at my last place, that oven was quite wonky.

oh and ps, here's a partial view of my new kitchen that i'm in love with.

and pps, recipe coming soon. sorry, work wants to own my soul!

Monday, July 27, 2009

can't live without: my serrated peeler

this was another fantastic christmas gift from my parents. i always just thought a peeler was a peeler, until i used this. it's amazing. i am always peeling yams or carrots or apples, and this makes things SO much quicker and smoother. i highly recommend it! (oh, but if you are clutzy and hurt yourself in every task that you do—like me—i would just say, be careful and don't get too carried away or you'll end up with serrated thumbs.)

Friday, July 24, 2009

coconut macaroons

i love, love, love macaroons. if i was a poet, i'd insert "an ode to coconut" right here. anyway, i have made a few different recipes but wanted to try nigella lawson's macaroons. i got how to be a domestic goddess for my birthday (thanks, rach!) and have been itching to make something from it ever since. i love the flavor of these—the coconut extract adds so much. i definitely want to try these again because i don't think the texture came out quite how i wanted it, but the flavor is on point.

2 large egg whites
1/4 t. cream of tartar
1/3 c. sugar
2 T. ground almonds
pinch of salt
1 t. vanilla extract (or coconut extract, should such be available)
1 c. plus 2 tablespoons shredded coconut

preheat the oven to 325°.

beat the egg whites until frothy—no more—then add the cream of tartar and continue beating, until soft peaks are formed. add the sugar a teaspoon at a time and whisk until the peaks can hold their shape and are shiny. fold in the almonds, salt, vanilla, and coconut. the mixture will be sticky but should, all the same, hold its shape when clumped together.

(you can form this into larger balls or smaller ones, i wanted more so i made them smaller, and doubled the batch. they might stay more round if you make them larger, so i might try that next time i need them for fewer people.)

cook for 20 minutes or until they’re just beginning to turn golden in parts.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

lemon-yogurt-poppy seed muffins

these were the first thing to break in my brand new oven. not a bad way to go, cause if you've spent any time with me at all lately, you'd know i'm obsessed with all things lemon. at least three times a day i mention my insatiable desire for a lemon slushy like the one i had at bakesale betty's. which i have yet to find again here in salt lake.

back to the muffins. you should probably make these.

1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon, finely minced
1 t. lemon extract
1 c. plain yogurt
2 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
2 T. poppy seeds

lemon syrup:
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 t. lemon extract
1 c. sugar

preheat oven to 375°. arrange oven rack to middle position. line muffin pans with paper liners. cream butter until smooth and creamy. blend in sugar and then eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, zest, lemon extract, and yogurt. blend well; fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds. scoop batter into prepared muffin cups. bake until golden and set, about 25 minutes.

for lemon syrup, simmer water, lemon juice, extract, and sugar over low heat for 5 minutes. cool well. brush baked poppy seed muffins 2 or 3 times with lemon syrup wile they are still warm. let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.

(recipe from "a passion for baking" by marcy goldman)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

while i've been gone

ok, so i'm back and not living in chaos anymore. i LOVE my new place and broke in my new oven and range this weekend. dreamy. anyway, i'm posting some pictures of some foods i ate during my trip to southern california. as always, my trip revolved around food and it was delicious. i only took a few pictures, but they are pictures of really good things.

delicious bread pudding that my sister-in-law's mother made. i LOVE bread pudding. LOVE.

one of my very favorite treats: it's-it. mmmmmm

and thrifty's chocolate malted crunch ice cream. so divine. most of my childhood memories revolve around riding my bike to thrifty's and eating this or the black cherry ice cream.

and this incredible guacamole my sister made. i have the recipe somewhere?? i think i'll have to be asking for this again cause i have no idea where that ended up. and i know i need it. it's the perfect summer guacamole. i could use some right now, actually...

ok, so that's a little bit of my trip, i'll post my muffin recipe from this morning later this week, now that i'm functioning again (for the most part anyway).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

don't be mad

but, it's been a minute since i've been able to post. i was out of town for family events and now i'm packing up my apartment and living in chaos because i'm moving into a condo i'm buying.

i'm so excited because i get to cook on this:

(i literally hugged this when i first saw it)

i probably won't be able to post again for another week because work is insane right now, but i'll see if i can even dig up some inspiration or something. ok, back to the chaos and anxiety...